STHS sweeps at Yerington
Brittany Barcellos went a combined 8 for 9 at the plate, including an inside the park home run, and freshman Moriah Lane hit a home run over the fence in her first varsity at-bat as the South Tahoe softball team won all four of its games on Friday and Saturday at the Yerington tournament.
Lane finished the weekend by going 8 for 11, and her home run reportedly carried about 230 feet. Kelly Bartlett contributed six hits, including a double and triple, and she also was credited with two wins on the mound after allowing one hit and striking out nine in six innings of work. Cindy Lucero also pitched well, striking out 10 batters and allowing one hit in six innings.
“It was a good weekend,” said STHS softball coach Joann Allister. “There were lots of positives, but there are definitely some things we need to work on. We didn’t get to work on much defense this weekend, but we were able to do a lot offensively.”
South Tahoe recorded lopsided wins over Lee Vining, Hawthorne, Big Pine and the Yerington JV team. All four games were called due to the eight-run rule and none of the games lasted more than three innings. In the four games, STHS outscored its opponents 54-1.
The Vikings (4-0) play Galena and Damonte on Friday in the opening day of the Reed tournament.
WHS softball goes 2-2
It was a tale of two days for the Whittell softball team, and coach Rich Barna wants to see more days like Friday and less like Saturday.
On the opening day of the Yerington tournament, the Warriors didn’t commit a single error in wins over Smith Valley (13-2) and Incline (3-0). But in losses to Mammoth (8-6) and North Tahoe (9-3) on Saturday, they had 10 errors – eight coming in the loss to the Lakers.
“That was about the most frustrating part of the weekend because, other than that, I was really happy with how we played,” Barna said. “It was a great learning curve for us.”
On Friday, Austyn Harrington pitched a complete-game victory against Smith Valley, allowing two hits and walking three. Elise Schmidt had two hits for the Warriors, who scored 13 runs on six hits and had 22 stolen bases.
In the win over Incline, Justina Pritzker pitched a complete-game shutout, giving up her only hit to the game’s final batter. Abby Kingman’s two-run single made the difference on the offensive end.
In Saturday’s loss, Kingman had two hits in each game, while Stephanie Betts contributed two hits in the loss to North Tahoe, and Sarah Ehrler added two hits, including a double, in the loss to Mammoth.
Whittell (2-2) hosts its own tournament on Friday and Saturday at Lampe Park in Gardnerville. The Warriors are currently scheduled to play Hawthorne, Yerington and the South Tahoe JV team, but they should be adding a fourth opponent.
Marshall, Waite shine for WHS track
With only 10 athletes available, the Whittell track team still managed two standout performances on Saturday at the Bella Vista meet in the Sacramento area. Shannon Marshall cleared 5 feet in the high jump and earned a medal with her fourth-place finish. In the 110-meter hurdles, Paul Waite also earned a sixth-place medal out of a pool of 40 runners.
Whittell returns to the track next Saturday for the Yerington invite.